US bishops fund aid projects in Haiti, Latin America
By Adelaide Darling
Men build transitional shelter kits in Haiti, two years after the earthquake. Credit: Chris Frey/Catholic Relief Services
Men build transitional shelter kits in Haiti, two years after the earthquake. Credit: Chris Frey/Catholic Relief Services

.- A U.S. bishops’ subcommittee has approved over $3.1 million dollars in funding for pastoral work in Latin America, including the continued reconstruction of Haiti and World Youth Day pilgrimage efforts.

“We are pleased to see our efforts beginning to pay off as reconstruction is finally gaining momentum for the Church of Haiti,” said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami, who is a member of the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America at the U.S. bishops’ conference.

“Our approval of new reconstruction grants helps maintain this momentum,” the archbishop said, adding that the subcommittee is happy “to continue supporting pastoral projects throughout Haiti.”

On Jan. 12, 2010, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake rocked the nation of Haiti, destroying much of the capital city, Port-au-Prince. More than 200,000 people were estimated to have been killed in the earthquake and one million more left homeless.

The U.S. Church has been instrumental in offering continued assistance to rebuild after the quake, as well as to offer pastoral care for those in the country.

On March 21, the U.S. bishops’ subcommittee awarded $1.1 million to three grants to fund the continuing reconstruction efforts in Haiti.

One of the projects being funded is the reconstruction of the church of Sainte Genevieve des Orangers. Located in a poor rural area near Port-au-Prince, the church was badly damaged by the 2010 earthquake. A grant of $575,000, in combination with a gift of $50,000 from a Connecticut parish, will help to demolish and rebuild the church.

In addition, the subcommittee approved just over $2 million for more than 100 grants to cover projects in 19 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The funds came from collections taken up at parishes throughout the nation.

Some of this money will go toward projects supporting migrant workers in the Latin American region.

“We are committed to supporting migrants and helping provide pastoral care to them not only in our country but also across the Americas,” said Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo of Seattle, who chairs the U.S. bishops’ Latin America subcommittee.

According to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Peruvian bishops have “received a grant of $15,000 to strengthen Pastoral de Movilidad Humana, the conference's official organization for the pastoral care of migrants.”

In addition, the U.S. bishops’ grants will help provide pastoral care for migrant workers on a regional level.

The subcommittee has awarded funding to help leaders of the Church in Latin America attend the Consultation on Migration being held in Los Angeles later this year. The event will unite Church leaders from around Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States in order to discuss the phenomenon of migration and how to improve spiritual support for migrants.

Some of the funds will also go to help young pilgrims attend World Youth Day in Brazil this summer.

The Ecuador bishops’ conference has been chosen to receive a $30,000 grant to help fund the country’s third National Youth Congress, which will work to both prepare youth who will attend the World Youth Day events in Brazil and gather those who are unable to attend.

The new Holy Father, Pope Francis, is from Argentina and is the first Pope is hail from Latin America.

“We are very glad to continue helping youth across the hemisphere to attend World Youth Day and have an opportunity to see Pope Francis,” said Bishop Elizondo.

Tags: Immigration, Latin America, Haiti

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 23, 2014

Wednesday within the Octa ve of Easter

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:8-15


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Acts 3:1-10
Gospel:: Lk 24:13-35

Saint of the Day

St. Adalbert of Prague »


Homily of the Day

Mt 28:8-15


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: